The Fate of Liberia’s Retired Research Chimpanzees: Webcast Episode 05

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Event Name: GRASP Webcast 05 – The Experts Speak : The Fate of Liberia’s Retired Research Chimpanzees

Event Date: 29/02/2016


Event Time: 01:00 – 02:00 PM  GMT/UTC

Events Goal & GRASP’s Mission:


The GRASP Webcast goal is to extend the partnership’s media outreach through the use of new technologies. GRASP wants to engage a wider audience by giving it a chance to interact with various ape experts around the world. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions, seek advice and learn from experts regardless where they are located. This will be achieved by using google hangouts, YouTube and other social media platforms.

Moderator: Doug Cress

GuestsJimmy Desmond, Jenny Desmond, Kathleen Conlee, Theophilus Freeman, Peter Fundi

Topic: The Fate of Liberia’s Retired Research Chimpanzees

The fate of dozens of chimpanzees used in American biomedical experiments is up in the air after being left to fend for themselves on an isolated island.These chimpanzees, located in Liberia, were in serious danger of dehydration and starvation until concerned advocates stepped in.

The New York Blood Centre (NYBC) previously worked with the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to create Vilab II. The laboratory obtained and bred chimpanzees for use in research and testing. Years later NYBC decided that the chimpanzees were no longer needed for research and retired them on islands in Monrovia, Liberia.

The colony currently resides on a collection of mangrove islands with inadequate natural food and water resources and relies solely on human intervention for support. This has led to the building of a coalition of more than 35 organisations by the Humane society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society International to help raise additional funding for the affected chimpanzee colony.

The financial generosity of thousands of people around the world has enabled the HSUS- led coalition to the improvement of food and water resources as well as the formal care of the affected chimpanzees. The ultimate goal however is to provide true sanctuary for these chimpanzees that meets high standards of care.

Join GRASP and invited guests and experts on the 29th February as we discuss the controversy behind the use of apes in biomedical research.